Montreal Hit List: Fantasia Film Fest, POP Bike-In, KISS, Motörhead, Hip-Hop Karaoke & more!

ONGOING TILL AUG 7

Fantasia International Film Festival @ Théâtre Hall Concordia (1455 de Maisonneuve O.) and other locations
Fantasia celebrates its 15th year as North America’s largest genre film fest, specializing in horror, martial arts, and experimental films from Asia, Europe and the Americas. The fest crams 370 films from 31 countries into three weeks of programming. This week’s highlights include the Canadian premiere of Midnight Sun, the tale of an average joe’s descent into vampirism (July 19 & 21); the world premiere of Victims, UK director David Bryant’s real-time thriller shot in a single 90-take (July 20 & 23); and the Montreal premiere of Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale,  a Finnish-Norwegian dark comedy-horror-fantasy, which features Santa Claus as you’ve never seen him before! Visit their website for complete scheduling and ticket info.

THURS JULY 21 – SUN JULY 24

7pm The 2011 VICE Photo Show @ Ctrllab, 3634 St Laurent.
Featuring photo essays by Yannick Grandmont, Brett Gundlock and Aaron Wynia. Opening reception Thursday, July 21st, 7-11pm. Free refreshments provided by Pabst Blue Ribbon.

THURS JULY 21 – THURS JULY 28

7pm OSHEAGA Arts Presents: The Photography of Susan Moss @ Usine C, 1345 Lalonde Ave.
Cinq ans déjà! Relive the first five years of OSHEAGA at this Usine-C photo exhibit by Montreal photographer (and infamous Bifteck bartender) Susan Moss . Featuring onstage and backstage shots of Arcade Fire, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg, the Black Keys and many more. Vernissage: July 21 from 7pm to 11pm. Show runs until July 28. Free admission.

SAT JULY 23

4pm POP Bike-In 2011 @ McAuslan Brewery
POP is inviting people to unite for some free outdoor fun for its annual Bike-In at the McAuslan Brewery. An afternoon of music, BBQ and rumours of a hot-dog eating contest are in the works, as well as a screening of Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains, taking place under a July sunset.

6pm Montreal Roller Derby @ Arena St Louis, 5633 St Dominique.
The scrappy gals of the MRD get their derby on in this bout between La Racaille and Les Filles du Roi. Sure to be a smashing good time. Tickets $12 in advance (available here), $15 at the door.

10pm Hip-Hop Karaoke @ Le Belmont, 4483 St Laurent
Time to let those rap skillz shine at Round 3 of Hip-Hop Karaoke Montreal at Le Belmont. Pick a track from the song list, pre-register at hhkmtlat and start practicing your mean muggin’. Word up! Doors 10pm, $8 after 11pm.

SAT JULY 23 & SUN JULY 24

1pm Heavy MTL @ Parc Jean-Drapeau
Metal-heads descend on Parc Jean Drapeau for Heavy MTL, two ear-splitting days of heavy metal, thrash, and good ol’ rock n’ roll.  Saturday’s performances include American metal bands Disturbed and Godsmack, while Sunday’s epic line-up features British rock gods Motörhead (fronted by the unsinkable Lemmy) and those legendary face-painted scoundrels, KISS. Tickets $83/day or $150 for a weekend pass, available here.

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